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BLM Schedules Meetings to Review Proposed Routes of Travel Plan Amendment

The Bureau of Land Management has scheduled five meetings to brief the public on an environmental assessment (EA), finding of no significant impacts (FONSI), and a proposed routes of travel plan amendment for the Northern and Eastern Mojave Desert (NEMO) routes planning area, which encompasses approximately 1 million acres of public lands in Inyo, San Bernardino and Mono counties.

The public meetings will be held at the following dates, times, and locations.

Wednesday, May 5, 2004
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Conference Room
BLM Las Vegas Field Office
4701 North Torrey Pines Dr.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89130
(702) 515-5000
Thursday, May 6, 2004
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Needles Recreation Center
1705 J Street
Needles, CA
Saturday, May 8
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tecopa Community Center
Tecopa Hot Springs Road
Tecopa, CA
Monday, May 10
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Public Meeting Room
BLM/Forest Service Office
351 Pacu Lane
Bishop, CA
Wednesday, May 12th
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Kerr-McGee Center
100 West California Avenue
Ridgecrest, CA

The proposed amendment will allow BLM to complete routes of travel designations on the remaining 1 million acres of public lands within the 2.7 million-acre NEMO planning area. BLM California State Director Mike Pool issued a record of decision designating routes on approximately 400,000 acres of public lands within Desert Wildlife management areas located within the NEMO planning area In December of 2002. Approximately 1 million acres of wilderness are excluded from route designation since motorized vehicle use is prohibited by law in wilderness areas.

The proposed plan analyzes four route designation alternatives, including a proposed action that would designate 1,519 miles of routes, or approximately 91 percent of the network on public lands, open for public use. The route designations include "open", "closed" and "limited" in accordance with BLM route designation criteria. BLM anticipates the route designation documents will be available to the public in early May 2004.

The notice public meetings and all documents related to the proposed NEMO routes of travel plan amendment will be posted at the California BLM web site: when they become available. For further information, contact Harold Johnson, BLM, 2601 Barstow Road, Barstow, CA 92311; (760) 252-6000.

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